Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Slip on a hard hat and travel a half mile underground on a tour of Minnesota's first iron ore mine. Experience the life of a miner from the last century. Public tours run daily Memorial Day weekend through September and weekends into October.

Seasonal update

Our public tour season has begun. We will be open for tours on a daily basis until the end of September and weekends into October. Tours run from 10 am -4 pm, call the park for specific tour times. Reservations are not required, but they are helpful. Join us, as your underground adventure awaits.

Vermilion Ridge Campground sites will be available for fishing opener May 12th, 2018.

The campground facilities include campsites with electricity, screened picnic shelters, modern shower buildings and campground wi-fi access.

Hiking trails and additional camping capacity are added in the next phase of development. Please obey any signs during the ongoing construction.

Reservations can be made online or by calling toll free: 866-857-2757 (TTY 952-936-4008).

 

Underground Mine Tour

Slip on a hard hat and travel a half mile underground on a tour of Minnesota’s first iron ore mine. Experience the life of a miner from the last century. Public tours run daily Memorial Day weekend through September and weekends into October. Group and educational tours are available year-round. Learn more about underground mine tours.

Only have an hour to visit?

Take a self-guided audio surface tour of the mining operations. Check out MP3 players from the park visitor center at no charge. ♦ Hike the Hiking Club Trail to the banded iron formation, a unique geological feature. ♦ Walk the West Tower Mine Trail to a boardwalk overlooking the deepest mine pit. ♦ Bike sections of the Mesabi Trail. Check back often as new portions of the trail are completed.

Vehicle Permits

Vehicle permits are required at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park except for the main parking lot of the visitor center at the mine. Vehicle permits are available for purchase at the gift shop in the visitor center or through the self service kiosk at Vermilion Ridge campground.

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Stuntz Bay Road 1379
Ely 55731 MN US
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Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.